Uniqlo recently announced a wave of planned openings that will nearly double its presence to 38 locations by the end of the year.» Read More
*UK insurers hurt by budget measures. *Spain's IBEX outperforms as Inditex reassures. Legal& General was down 13 percent and Aviva down 7.5 percent after UK finance minister George Osborne announced the plans as part of the UK budget.
MADRID, March 19- Strong sales so far this year and a planned pick up in store openings suggest Inditex, the world's biggest fashion retailer, is returning to form after profit growth stalled last year for the first time since its 2001 listing.
*BMW surges on profit outlook, boosts auto sector. LONDON, March 19- European shares edged higher in cautious trading ahead of an expected announcement of a further cut in U.S. monetary stimulus on Wednesday, with BMW leading auto stocks higher after delivering a bullish profit outlook.
*Inditex gains, Smiths Group slips after updates. LONDON, March 19- European shares steadied on Wednesday, with focus shifting to the U.S. "It's still going to be a big announcement," Lorne Baring, managing director of B Capital Wealth Management, said.
MADRID, March 19- Inditex, the world's biggest fashion retailer, will accelerate investment in 2014 to open more new stores after results last year were hit by falling currencies outside the euro zone and the cost of revamping flagship stores.
LONDON, March 19- European stocks steadied on Wednesday as traders held fire ahead of a policy update from the U.S. Spain's Ibex 35 outperformed as global clothing giant Inditex rallied after 3.5 reporting its 2013 results and saying early 2014 sales had shot up.
NEW YORK, March 18- Japan's Fast Retailing Co Ltd, parent of apparel chain Uniqlo, is no longer in talks to buy U.S. clothing retailer J. Crew Group Inc from its private equity owners, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. It is possible that the talks with Fast Retailing may be revived, one of the people said.
BERLIN, March 17- British clothes retailer Primark will pay a further $10 million in compensation to victims of the collapse of a Bangladeshi factory last year that killed more than 1,100 people.
*Hong Kong receipts gain 7 pct vs 3 pct rise for Tokyo shares. *Japan's SBI Holdings to delist in Hong Kong on low volumes. HONG KONG, March 5- Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co Ltd climbed 7 percent in its Hong Kong trading debut- a listing aimed at raising its profile in China where it plans to expand aggressively as part of its bid to become the world's top clothing firm.
Fast Retailing is expanding globally, targeting the U.S. and China and potentially acquiring J.Crew, but is the Uniqlo brand owner moving too quickly?
HONG KONG, March 5- Fast Retailing Co Ltd jumped 4 percent in its Hong Kong trading debut on Wednesday as the operator of Japan's Uniqlo clothing outlets listed in the island city in an effort to boost its profile in mainland China and beyond.
Some within the industry say the globalization of retail has brought with it a new challenge: It's taking the excitement out of global shopping.
TOKYO, Feb 25- Fast Retailing Co's casual clothing brand Uniqlo is rethinking its "Made for All" strategy, looking to offer lower priced lines in smaller Asian cities and more generous sizes to fit the U.S. market, a top executive said on Tuesday.
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European equities closed lower on Wednesday after a U.S. budget deal added to expectations the Fed will scale back stimulus soon.
The world's most valuable jewelry retailer Chow Tai Fook is on a quest to conquer the hearts of China's future big spenders.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday.
"The consumer is being picky, so as an investor we need to be picky as well," Fidelity's Peter Dixon says.
H&M, the world's second-largest fashion retailer, posted a bigger than expected drop in second-quarter earnings.